February goals ALYOF

With QuiltCon only a week and a half away, I am realistically not going to get anything pieced this month.  But I have lots of quilt tops that need quilting, so I will use one as my February goal for ALYOF.  I don’t even know where that quilt top is right now to take a better photo, so you get this sideways, wrinkly fabric one again-LOL.  Prepping for QuiltCon classes is taking all my effort, as well as planning what I am going to pack in 1, yes that’s right I said 1 carry on bag.

And as boring as this post is, who cares- QuiltCon is a week and a half away!  That totally makes up for this boring blog post.  And think of all the photos and blogging I will be doing once I get back so good to not overwhelm you with this post!

Here’s the quilt, hopefully next time you see a photo it will be of a finished and not so wrinkly quilt! And going the right way too.

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Linking up with ALYOF for February.

Can you tell everything else is being overlooked, while I count down the sleeps until Austin?

 

Glam Garlands quilt finished- first blog post with my iPhone

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Thought I would try the WordPress App for the first time and blog about finally getting this quilt top finished!

I have been working on this quilt for months and months, and after putting it away and coming back to it, I had totally forgotten what I was doing.
It seriously took me 4 hours to get organized and to make my piles of fabric for each row, and to cut more of the background.

I had also forgotten how long it actually takes to trim up each block and that was probably the reason for abandoning it in the first place. Each block has 3 steps for trimming- dare I say they are worse than trimming HST?

But the top is done, so no more complaining! Better set aside some time to quilt it as I really love this quilt and can’t wait to get to the binding stage.

My ALYOF goal for January was this quilt top, not sure if my goal was quilting it too but at least it’s pieced!

(using the app is a tad difficult for posting photos, at least I can add one after the fact)

Linking up with ALYOF for my January finish.

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Q1- GOALS (starting, piecing and quilting)

I thought I would set my First Quarter goals- and make them realistic so they are easier to attain.  I have 3 projects all in various stages that I will be finishing Q1.

My Glam Garlands quilt is also my January ALYOF goal, so if I get it pieced, then my goal for the quarter is to also quilt it and bind it.  I got a lot of progress made on Tuesday, so only a few more blocks need piecing, then made into rows. It is coming along!

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I also have a quilt top I made last November when away at retreat.  My daughter and her 3 best friends are all graduating high school in June.  These girls have been together since day one and they are so special to my daughter that I am making them all lap quilts to take away to University/ College in the fall.  Julia is the first girl to get her University acceptance so her quilt will be the first I machine quilt.  Yes it is a wrinkled mess from being packed away for our move, but a little steam and a good washing after being quilted, and it will be good to go!

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Then there is a pile of green and blue fabric I have grand plans for.  I sketched out some ideas last year, and hope that one of my ideas will come to light with these fabrics.  Now just to find my sketch book……and my iPod (the one with all my music on it)……. and my quilting magazine tote……….and my daughter’s pottery rubber boot.  All of those things still have not turned up after moving.  They must be in a box somewhere, but with only a dozen or so boxes left to unpack, and all of them labeled, I have no idea where these things can be.  I am starting to get a little stir crazy quilting without a variety of music.  Today I have my classical playlist cranked up.  I have 2000+ songs on another iPod so at least it is not totally quiet here. Just missing my Metallica, Mumford and Sons, RHCP etc.)

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Adrianne at On The Windy Side is hosting the Q1 link ups. Good luck to everyone on getting their goals finished.

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(and no idea why my photos are sideways.  I got an iPhone for Christmas and used that to take photos, which were straight- by then when emailing them, they went sideways. Hope to get that figured out soon)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

First of all Happy New Year to everyone reading my blog!  It has been a crazy 2 weeks- starting off with moving, Christmas and now New Years.  I am exhausted but almost unpacked and ready to start quilting on Monday.

But as tired as I am, I keep feeling peacefulness in our new house- finally away from our insane neighbours.  That is making everything worth while!

With a WAY larger quilting room, I have grand plans for 2015.  Some of those plans include relaxing by my fireplace and knitting socks, or doing cross stitch, even just hand turning quilt binding.  Depending on the time of day, tea or wine will also be involved!  Maybe even chocolate?

Here is a photo of my long arm area so far, a few more things need to be unpacked and organized but it is nearly there.  As we were setting up my machine I kept saying how much bigger it looked in a much larger room.  I guess perspective is everything- my last room was 11×12 yet in this space of 26′ long, my machine looks twice as large.  Weird.

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The first thing on my sewing to do list for January is to finish my Glam Garlands quilt.  I know you have heard this before but I will get it done- I WILL GET IT DONE!  It was the only quilt top I didn’t finish when I was away at retreat last November, so it is priority! Don’t you hate it when you have a project most of the way finished but then it sits there forever?  This is what is hanging over my head currently.  But since I am linking up with ALYOF and this quilt is my January goal, I will be held accountable.  Here is what I am aiming for.

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Check back at the end of the month to see my finished quilt and if you have some free time have a look at the goals others have for January.

MOVING DAYS!!

We are still waiting for that phone call from the lawyers saying all the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed.  Today is moving day #1 where later today we will move odds and ends, my Gammill, and other items that the moving company won’t move.  Tomorrow will be the official moving day with 2 trucks and 4 men.  Yes we have that much stuff that 2 trucks are required.

Here is a sneak peek at my new quilting room.  It might take a few weeks to repaint the walls and those hideous bricks around the fire place, but you can kind of  get an idea.

The room is an L shape, with the fire place end where I will have a sofa and chairs so I can sit and do binding and knit and relax.  The other end of the L will be for my long arm and cupboards and sewing machines etc.  This will be the “WORK” area.

I doubt I will be posting again before the Holidays as I will be unpacking for weeks.  Merry Christmas to everyone.

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Last Quilting Class Of The Year- boy was it a busy one!

Today we had the last quilting class for 2014.  All the students were able to attend and we had tons of volunteers which made for a busy morning- busy and productive!  Did I mention busy?

Here are some photos Veronica took this morning.  We are on a break for the Holidays then back January 20th.

Here are Irene and Nikki working on Nikki’s binding.

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LeeAnne is busy sewing, Milli is working on her blocks and smiling for the camera- I really liked her pony tail today!  All the volunteers are helping out with cutting, ironing and organizing.

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Mary is helping LeeAnne and the others are busy too.

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Hiba is sewing her blocks into the rows of her first quilt.

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Here is a photo that shows more of Hiba’s string blocks, she is almost finished her very first quilt top.

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What a busy morning!  It was so nice to see everyone today, Lisa stopped in for a moment to say HI, but couldn’t stay for sewing.  These ladies have worked so hard this year, can’t wait to see everyone in January.

2014 Customer Appreciation winner!

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I thought that since I have no more quilts coming in before Christmas, meaning no more names going into the draw- I would pull the winning ballot today!

Throughout 2014, when ever someone brought a quilt to be machine quilted, they got one ballot to be entered in the draw. The prize- FREE QUILTING on one quilt up to a value of $250.

Carol B is the winner!  WOO HOO Carol!  I just called her to let her know, and she is home sick from work today, so hopefully this cheered her up.  (she really did sound sick on the phone so no playing hooky from work to quilt)

Congratulations Carol, hope you feel better.

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QuiltCon Michael Miller Couture Cotton Challenge Entry

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I finished the binding and entered my Swan In The Water (Justin Nozuka) just in the nick of time!  I was sent into a panic when I received an email from The Modern Quilt Guild saying to get your entry in early and not wait until the last minute-LOL as I am a last minute kind of girl!  There were still 2 days left till the deadline, more than enough to finish it up right?  Well remembering the process to pick classes for QuiltCon, I feared that the internet would self combust again with EVERYONE else that are last minute quilters, and actually submitted my photos 1 day ahead of schedule.  Yes, that’s right, I said 1 whole day ahead! That gave me a free day to just lie around eating bonbons, since I don’t really have anything else to do. Where is that sarcasm smiley face when you need it?

In addition to my Wake Up (Arcade Fire) quilt (which you can read about here) I entered Swan In The Water to the following challenge category:

  • Fabric Challenge – Cotton Couture Pastels, sponsored by Michael Miller Fabrics – Quilts primarily use solids from Michael Miller’s Spring Cotton Couture Pastels. Solid Michael Miller cotton couture fabrics are permitted. Michael Miller prints are permitted on the binding and the back.

Here is my first post about the challenge quilt: Michael Miller where I ordered 4 charm packs of the solid colours and the lovely background grey fabric.  It took a long time staring at my design “sheet” and arranging and then rearranging the charm squares into some sort of colour blocked centre.

After finding my inspiration listening to Justin’s song, I decided that the quilt would look like a swan in the water, and the sunset reflecting on the water and creating all kinds of rainbow ripples.  No idea if this is how it looks, but that was what I was going for. I did have fun quilting all kinds of different designs on each of the chunks of colours.  Sometimes it is nice to just quilt without thinking- to crank up the music and just play!  Wonder if it will be hanging in Texas in February? EDIT-guess I have my answer! It’s not every day you get an email from Heather Grant!

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3 More Sleeps Until Retreat Week!

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I am franticly trying to organize my projects to take away on my quilting retreat week!  This is the first year I am able to spend the whole week away with my best quilting friends, which is really exciting!

A whole week of no responsibilities- and no way for anyone to contact me.  No cell phone or internet, no “what’s for supper”, no “I can’t find” (fill in the blank as to what ever has gone missing), no “what time is it”.  Only friends, quilting and wine, with a little bit of shopping for good measure.

I have HUGE expectations as to what I will be able to accomplish this week.  When else am I going to have this much quilting time in a row?

TO DO LIST:

Qty 3- Cheddar No Crackers quilts for my daughter’s friends for HIgh School Graduation gifts

Qty 2- Cheddar No Crackers quilts for the person buying our house and then for our good neighbours we will be leaving behind

1- Glam Garlands quilt that is a WIP (hopefully this will be my quilt)

Qty 4- Coffee Cozies for my daughter’s friends for Christmas gifts

1- Mug rug for our London Modern Quilt Guild Christmas exchange

1- Quilt reproducing the  Bittersweet CD cover from a friend’s band (photo above)

and 1 sock to complete the pair that I am currently knitting.

 

How far do you think I will get completing this list?  I am linking up with A Lovely Year Of Finishes for my November goals.  Check back at the end of the month to see what actually got completed.

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Learn to Quilt- Mug Rugs

Another fun day in the Limberlost Community- the Stitch ‘N group made mug rugs this morning.  A BIG thank you to Veronica for all her hard work organizing the class, making patterns, and kits for all the students.

Veronica taught everyone how to make the rugs, and taught a few more skills like straight sewing, pressing and then trimming and binding.

A few students had time to make more than one mug rug.  Here are some photos of them working and the finished mug rugs.  These will be wonderful for Christmas.

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Thanks again Veronica! Next up, in 2 weeks- Lyndsey will be teaching 9 Patch pot holders.

Limberlost Stitching Group- New Skills, learning how to make a Mug Rug

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One of our AWESOME volunteers Veronica, will be teaching the Limberlost quilting students a Quilt As You Go Mug Rug on Nov. 4th.

Here is some more information and as always if you have any supplies you would like to donate, please give me a call!  We will be using some very festive Holiday fabric to make these mug rugs.

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Marilee’s Numbered pins- exciting new notion!

Using my new numbered pins for the first time tonight and had to tell you about them!  I bought them at Cornerstone Quilts and More in Hyde Park.  Judy posted them on her Facebook page and I stopped in the next day to get a set. These totally don’t count towards my 6 month fabric diet, which I think I have given up on anyway.

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If these pins don’t keep my rows organized, I don’t know what will.  They are numbered 1-20, there are 8 of the numbers 1-10 and 5 of the numbers 11-20.  Unfortunately my set is missing one #7 and one #18, so I gave a quick call to the company to ask for replacements.  I talked to the sweetest Southern Gentleman on the phone and he said he would send me the replacement pins today.  How often do you get fantastic customer service like that?  I emailed my mailing address and which pin #s I needed and they should arrive soon.  Here is their FB page if you wanted to give them a LIKE.

What I like about these pins in addition to the numbers, is that the back side of the pin is blank, which will allow me to personalize these pins for other uses.  I can write on them with a marker with UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT- or any other reminder as to what that pin is for.  It will kind of be like making my own set of pins.

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Back to pinning……..

A Quilt Inspired by a Google Doodle- Agnes Martin

A few months ago I saw one of the daily Google Doodles and instantly thought- that would make a cool quilt.  After clicking on their link and doing a search of my own, I learned a bit about a Canadian abstract painter, and minimalist named Agnes Martin. (March 22, 2014 was her 102nd birthday)

EDIT-WOW someone other than me is reading my blog!  Artsy contacted me asking that I include a link to Agnes Martin from their website.  Click HERE for more info on Agnes.  Before the email I have never heard of Artsy- but with a motto like this- you gotta love them: Artsy’s mission is to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. We are a resource for art collecting and education. Take a look at ARTSY if you have a few minutes, which might turn into hours because you will get lost in all of the brilliant art that they have.

Here are a few of her paintings.

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My favourite one is called Window that she painted in 1957, and I immediately thought I wanted to make it into a quilt, so I saved the photo in my file for a one day project.

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A few months later I came across this photo and also thought this could become a quilt, and was remind of the original inspiration.

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I combined elements from both to create my own design for a quilt.  I liked how there was larger spacing between the blocks on Agnes’s painting and that she painted rectangles of colour, instead of squares.  I also like how in the photo of the living room, 4 different colours were used.

So I rummaged through my fat 1/4’s and found 4 colours I thought went well together and reminded me of the four colours in the photo.  I also figured since fat 1/4’s are generally the same sized rectangle, I would use that dimension for the size of my fabric.

I added some sashings, and a really wide border and made my own minimalist quilt.

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For the machine quilting I wanted to try something I had seen a few times online- many different thread colours.  I knew I wanted to quilt rows and rows of straight line quilting, and found a few shades of thread that coordinated with the background fabric and the fat 1/4 fabric.  I then randomly quilted row after row in each colour, not worrying how many rows were from which colour, just quilted and quilted until I reached the end of the quilt.  The quilting is quite subtle and unless you look up close you might miss the fact that I used different threads.  Here are some up close photos that show the quilting.

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I finished the binding during the London Friendship Quilters Guild meeting and only need to sew down the sleeve. (might not get to that before the London Modern Quilt Guild Canada meeting tomorrow morning)  I think it looks pretty cool and boy did it make up quickly! Because the inspiration quilt is named Window, I named this quilt Wake Up (Arcade Fire) as the sun or full moon is always shining in my bedroom window waking me up. Here is some links to the song- listen to it if you have a chance, it’s awesome!  Plus they are a Canadian band so we have to support our own talent!

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Cotton Couture Challenge- QuiltCon and Michael Miller

Weeks ago I received my order for some Michael Miller charm squares in the Spring Collection of absolutely beautiful pastel solids.  They will be used with the fat 1/8’s that are feature fabrics for the QuiltCon challenge.  What did I find at the post office this AM?

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WOO HOO the fat 1/8’s arrived, and like the ever so excited gal that I am, I immediately started pinning all the squares to my design wall.  Since I bought 4 charm packs I have 4 squares of all the colours, so originally thought I wanted to keep my colours blocked in sets of 4, and did one layout, which was quickly changed into larger blocks of colours.

Now I have much larger shapes of colour, kind of doing a light to dark value thing, within each shape.  I think I like this way a little better, but will grid it out on graph paper with my coloured pencils later tonight.  They also sent a fat 1/8th of white and while working on my layout, some song lyrics popped into my head.  So this quilt will be named Swan In The Water (Justin Nozuka).  Here is a live version of the song, couldn’t find an official video- but this one is pretty cool! I missed Justin the last time he was in London, really hope he comes around again so I can see him live.

Here are the guild lines for the challenge- I have until November 30th to get it finished.

Michael Miller Spring Cotton Couture Challenge:

Members will receive eight fat eighths of fabric when they sign up for this challenge. Quilts primarily use solids from Michael Miller’s Spring Cotton Couture Pastels. Additional solid Michael Miller Cotton Couture fabrics are permitted. Michael Miller prints are permitted on the binding and the back. These quilts will then be entered it into the Michael Miller Spring Cotton Couture Challenge category!